Samantha is the ultimate Pilates Instructor. She has an exceptional understanding of the art with impeccable attention to detail - Peter Suchanek (Mediator)
Samantha Clayton is a fitness professional certified through The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), possessing the only standardized Pilates certification in North America. She runs a small business conducting both private and group sessions throughout the GTA, serving both individuals and corporations, such as CBC.
Samantha has also worked as part of a health & wellness team in the field of rehabilitation. She has designed and taught teacher training programs in Toronto, including one specifically for the YMCA.
Samantha completed her training in "The Original Method" or Classical Pilates, in upstate New York. Although the extent of her private teaching is therapeutic in nature, her group classes are popular with those seeking condition-based results. Ms. Clayton is both a Barre and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Instructor.
Having received her Pink Ribbon Certification ten years ago, Samantha continues to teach individuals challenged by a variety of conditions – predominantly those living with breast cancer and osteoporosis. She finds movement to be an honest and wonderful teacher for everybody.
Pilates provides each person the opportunity to take an active role in his/her health through movement.
Samantha has experience working with the following populations:
- Individuals preparing for and recovering from a hip replacement surgery
- Athletes and non-athletes alike dealing with sports related injuries
- Pre/Post Natal groups and individuals
- *Women undergoing chemotherapy & radiation
- *Breast cancer survivors
- Individuals with chronic back pain/mechanical low back pain
- People with degenerative disc disease
- Musicians dealing with repetitive strain injuries
- Older individuals with stenosis
- Men and Women managing arthritis
- People diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Her concern for the aging demographic led her to design a specialty class exclusively for the management of Osteoporosis ("Osteopilates" classes).
*Samantha is also a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) working with clients during chemotherapy and radiation as well as assisting in the post-surgery phase where emphasis is placed on improving range of motion, restoring both posture and confidence and gradually rebuilding strength.
She received a Certificate in Human Anatomy through the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) after completing a comprehensive cadaver dissection course. She continues to build her knowledge of the body through specialty courses and holds Continuing Education Credits (CEC's) in the following: Postural Analysis, Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Pilates and Scoliosis, Pilates for Special Needs, and the Neurophysiology of Pilates.
Movement Science, Kingston, New York. Steve Giordano. 2001
Pilates of New Paltz, New Paltz, New York. Elise Bacon. 2002
The Shoulder, Retrofit Bodyworks. Dinah Hampson. Toronto. 2005
Propriceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Patterns and Their Potential for Enhancing Dance Training, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). Irene Dowd. June 5, 2005
Postural Analysis, Body Harmonics. Toronto. November 12, 2005
Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Body Harmonics. Toronto. November 27, 2005
Pilates and Scoliosis, Body Harmonics. Toronto. Spring 2006
Pilates and Spinal Conditions, Body Harmonics. Spring 2006
Pilates and Osteoporosis, Body Harmonics. Toronto. Spring 2006
Pilates and Special Needs, Body Harmonics. Toronto. June 23-25, 2006
Human Anatomy (Cadaver course), 105 hours. Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Toronto. June, 2006
The Pilates Mat Series (10 day workshop), Toronto Dance Theatre. Diane Miller. 2006
PMA Exam Preparation Workshop, Metro Movement. Diane Miller. Toronto. 2007
PMA Certification, Toronto. Sept 17, 2007
The Reformer, Karen Carlson. Toronto. September 28, 2007
Post Rehabilitative Post-Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, April 5-6, 2008
Exercise for Knee and Hip Replacement, American Council on Exercise (ACE). October 15, 2008
Shoulder Girdle Stabilization, ACE. October 15, 2008
PNF: Stretching Principles and Methods of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, ACE. October 15, 2008
Exercise and Arthritis, ACE. November 19, 2008
Irene Dowd’s “Visceral Spheres”, Metro Movement. Toronto. Eileen Birks. 2008
Moving Toward Balance: An Innovative Approach to Scoliosis, Susan Greskevitch Pilates. Toronto. March 2009
The Neurophysiology of Pilates, Body Harmonics. Toronto. February 26-27, 2010
Clinical Anatomy Review (Cadaver course), Canadian Chiropractic College (Module I: Back & Module II: Upper limb). Dr. Myra Kumka. Toronto. February 2012.
The Pelvic Core, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (Video course). 2012
Breast Cancer Survivor's Guide, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (Video course). 2012
Hip Replacements, Body Harmonics. Margot McKinnon. Toronto. February 2016
Stroke Post-Rehabilitation in a Pilates Environment, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (Video course). February 2016
Post Natal Restoration, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (Video course). February 2016
PMA Recertification, March 2016
CPR/AED renewal, City CPR, Toronto, June 2017
The Mighty Psoas, Inhabit Pilates. Morten Dithmer. Toronto. June 2017
Deconstructing Computer Posture, Fusion Pilates: Casey Marie Herdt. (video course). Dec 2017
Feet & Hands Influence the Spine, Fusion Pilates: Madeline Black. (video course). March 2018
PMA Recertification, March 2018